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THE FORGETTERY (Rachel Ip, Laura Hughes, 3-7yrs)
In Rachel Ip and Laura Hughes’ The Forgettery (Farshore, 2021) Amelia and her granny go for a wander in the woods when they stumble upon the Forgettery – a magical place where lost memories are stored. The lyrical text takes the reader on a real adventure as the characters discover a magnificent treehouse with ladders, door, a hot air balloon and memory keepers who look after lost things. Some memories are paper-thin like butterflies. All Granny’s lost things are there, who is living with significant memory loss, but so are Amelia’s, strengthening their relationship and the intergenerational connection between them.Read more
Rachel’s poetic storytelling is complimented beautifully by Laura’s wistful artwork. A tender tale about where lost memories go that could initiate discussions around memory loss, including dementia and Alzheimer’s for very young children.
THE TIDE (Clare Helen Welsh, Ashling Lindsay, 3-7yrs)
Grandad doesn’t remember things like he used to. But I love him as much as I always have. And I know that he loves me.
The Tide (Little Tiger Press, 2019) is an important and powerful story about families, laughter, and how we can help a loved one with dementia live well. Ashling’s illustrations are atmospheric and full of love and warmth, creating a thoughtful and reassuring picture book that is perfect for children who have a loved one with dementia or Alzheimer’s.
“What I adore about The Tide most of all is that it celebrates Grandad – truly celebrates who he is… [It] conveys a wonderfully clear description of dementia – put into language that can be understood by all. It celebrates families, and their love and support for one another.” — My Book Corner